It’s been a couple of years since the superb hazy daydream of a single Waves brought Blondfire to our attention and eighteen months since they put out their major label debut album Young Heart, but now the LA-based synth players are back with a brand new song called True Confessions which was shared on their Soundcloud page today.
The sister and brother duo, made up of Michigan natives Erica and Bruce Driscoll, have never sounded more confident than they do on this impressive comeback track, which unleashes a relentless torrent of rushing electronics, pounding percussion and searing guitar lines from the off, whilst Erica showcases a rawer and edgier side to her effervescent vocals.
Listen to True Confessions below.
Canadian pop rock band Hedley have unveiled the latest countdown single from their upcoming sixth studio album Hello.
The Vancouver-based four piece shared the audio for the reflective, electro-tinged Can’t Slow Down on VEVO today, as the follow up to the record’s lead single Lost in Translation which received its video premiere last week.
“Can’t Slow Down is the most personal, honest look at the realities of life in the fast lane,” frontman Jacob Hoggard told Postmedia about their latest track. “It’s not easy being that honest, but even harder to stop.”
Since forming in 2003, Hedley have seen each of their previous five albums reach the top ten in their homeland and scored sixteen top 40 singles in the process. Their 2013 single Anything also reached #18 in New Zealand.
Hello will be released on 6 November and, if you pre-order the album from iTunes, you’ll receive Lost in Translation and Can’t Slow Down as instant downloads. Catch both tracks below.
24 year year old singer Jenna Dickens – aka Jayelldee – is back with a brand new single called Kill Ur Cool.
Originally starting out as a piano ballad, the track was turned in to a slow-burning, electro stomper, complete with razor sharp lyrics and snappy sass, when the Cwmbran-raised talent joined forces with former Kaiser Chiefs drummer-turned-producer Nick Hodgson.
Jayelldee, you may remember, previously featured on the lovely Out of Reach from Sub Focus’ 2013 album Torus and she’s since dropped a few tracks on her Soundcloud page – Crossbow is still there, whilst Forever has since sadly been taken down.
Anyway, Kill Ur Cool offers La Roux levels of effortless electro-cool, and it’s out on iTunes now.
Formerly the drummer with Californian rock band The Neighbourhood, it’s Bryan Sammis who is the alter ego of Olivver the Kid; a man whose solo career has got off to a pretty promising start with one critically acclaimed EP (last year’s Freak) and a sold out ‘American Youth’ tour Halsey and Young Rising Sons already under his belt.
World on Fire is the lead single from his upcoming second EP The Boy Who Cried Wolf, which will be released to iTunes on 16 October, and it’s a flipping excellent alt-pop number built around effortlessly cool, casually delivered verses that explode in to a synth-bursting chorus that you’ll struggle to shake off. He definitely wins this one.
The track received its premiere earlier this week via Zane Lowe and Complex, and if you preorder Olivver the Kid’s new 5 track EP from iTunes, you’ll get World on Fire as an instant download. Finally, if you’re about in New York on 14 October, you can also catch him playing at Webster Hall on 14 October as part of the city’s CMJ Music Marathon.
Max Pope has premiered the title track from his upcoming debut EP Less Than Nothing.
The 20 year old singer-songwriter and musician’s follow up to his previous single All That I Need is another fine showcase for his bluesy, blue-eyed soul game, with Max’s smooth, rich vocals washing over jaunty rhythm sections and nostalgia-stirring guitar licks for the most part, before later culminating in a bouncy brass outro that springs to life over exiting la-di-da-das.
The EP is due out later this year and, judging by the quality of this first taster which was produced by Alex Burey, we’re pretty confident that his is a name you may well be hearing more often in the future.
Miley Cyrus has released a new song from the soundtrack to the film Free Held which stars Julianne Moore and Ellen Page and it’s the best thing she’s done since Wrecking Ball.
Hands of Love was written by prolific, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Linda Perry and it’s an empowering and resilient love song, befitting of the movie which tells the real life story of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree, who were among the first to fight for pension benefits for same-sex domestic partnerships.
Hands of Love is available to download from iTunes now.
Frida Sundemo is the voice that just keeps on giving.
Keep An Eye On Me is the latest single from the Swedish singer, the follow up to her July release Stay Young, and it was shared earlier today on her YouTube account, along with a note saying that it’ll be available on iTunes “soon”.
Delicate, emotional, vulnerable and utterly beautiful.